Submission to Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

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Economic Justice Australia has made a submission to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 on the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our submission makes recommendations in relation to the exercise of Ministerial power granted to the Minister for Social Services by the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020. Specifically, we recommend that the Minister expand access to Special Benefit as payment of last resort for those most vulnerable, while continuing to review the adequacy and social security rights implications of existing payments.